Friday, August 11, 2023

A Clue in the Crumbs by Lucy Burdette Book Review

About the Book:

Food critic Hayley Snow and her pal Miss Gloria are overjoyed to welcome Violet and Bettina Booth, aka the Scottish Scone Sisters, to Key West. The sisters will host
 The UK Bakes!—Key West Edition. But the same day they arrive, the bed-and-breakfast the sisters are staying in gets torched.

The contest begins the next morning featuring three local bakers. One is the inn owner’s wife, Rayna, who is not only the most talented chef of the group but now a person of interest in the fire. The next night, a dogwalker discovers a body near the bed-and-breakfast. The victim appears to be Rayna’s husband, and the murder weapon points directly to the Scottish Scone Sisters. 

But the show must go on. In between filming sessions, the three elderly ladies and Hayley must search for clues to the brutal murder in order to find out who wants to force them out of the kitchen.  But as they draw closer to the answer, the threats from a murderer grow closer too. Are they now in danger of getting baked off?

My Review:

This is another fun cozy mystery all about food. It was interesting to get some insights as to how a baking contest is organized and produced for television. Haley is a good amateur sleuth, aided by her older friend, Miss Gloria. I loved the Scone Sisters and their dialogue and quips. I like the setting too. Having visited Key West years ago, it was fun too be reminded of the interesting places. And there are recipes included at the end of the book. That's a good thing as the food descriptions sound luscious.

This is a good cozy mystery for readers who enjoy a novel with many references to food, a good amateur sleuth and an interesting location.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

About the Author:

Clinical psychologist Roberta Isleib, aka Lucy Burdette, is the author of the Key West Food Critic Mysteries. Her books and stories have been short-listed for Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity Awards.

Crooked Lane Books, 304 pages.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.

(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)

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